Southern Company Names New CFO, Other Executive Appointments

By Editors of Power Engineering

Southern Company has named a new CFO, along with several other shifts in its leadership.

Andrew W. Evans will become executive vice president and CFO effective June 1, the company announced. Current CFO Art P. Beattie will retire.

Prior to being named CFO, Beattie was executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Alabama Power from 2005-2010. He served as vice president and comptroller of Alabama Power from 1998-2005 and vice president, secretary and treasurer from 1992 through 1997. Before becoming an officer of Alabama Power, Beattie served in a variety of positions within the company’s accounting, finance, treasury and corporate governance organizations. He first joined the company in 1976 as a junior accountant.  Beattie has served on many non-profit boards, including the Alabama Power Foundation, the Alabama School of Fine Arts, the Alabama Trust Fund and the Greater Birmingham Salvation Army Advisory Board. Beattie and his wife, Angie, have three daughters, Jenna Lauren, Jessica Leigh, and Julie Lynne.

“Art has enjoyed a remarkable career at Southern Company and has led us through some incredible moments in our history,” said Thomas A. Fanning, chairman and CEO of Southern Company. “He rose to the highest ranks of the company due to his sound fiscal discipline, strategic ideas and strong professional drive. We’re happy for him as he enters this new chapter of his life, but we’re equally as sad to say goodbye to someone who’s been an integral part of our company’s growth.”

Kimberly S. Greene will take Evans’ current role as chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company Gas. Stan W. Connally Jr. will assume Greene’s responsibilities as executive vice president of operations for Southern Company while continuing to serve as chairman, president and CEO of Gulf Power.